Nicholas Christopher was born and raised in New York City. He was educated at Harvard College, where he studied with Robert Lowell and Anthony Hecht. Afterward, he traveled and lived in Europe. He became a regular contributor to the New Yorker in his early twenties, and began publishing his work in other leading magazines, both in the United States and abroad, including Esquire, the New Republic, the New York Review of Books, the Nation, and the Paris Review. He is the author of fourteen books: five novels — The Soloist, Veronica, A Trip to the Stars, Franklin Flyer, and The Bestiary; eight books of poetry, most recently Crossing the Equator: New & Selected Poems, 1972-2004; and a nonfiction book, Somewhere in the Night: Film Noir & the American City, which recently appeared in an expanded tenth-anniversary edition. He has also edited two poetry anthologies, Under 35: The New Generation of American Poets and Walk on the Wild Side: Urban American Poetry Since 1975. His work has been widely translated and published in over a dozen other countries — including Germany, France, Spain, Japan, Korea, Greece, Turkey, Hungary, Serbia and Poland — as well as the United Kingdom. He has appeared in numerous anthologies, including the Norton Anthology of Poetry, the Paris Review 50th Anniversary Anthology, the Best American Poetry, Poet's Choice, the Everyman's Library Poems of New York and Conversation Pieces, the Norton Anthology of Love, the Faber Book of Movie Verse, Urban Nature, The Music Lover's Poetry Anthology, American Poets Against the [Iraq] War, Orpheus and Company, Poetry 180, Visiting Walt, Gods & Mortals: Modern Poems on Classical Myths, Night Errands, and the Grand Street Reader. He has translated the poems of Martial and Catullus and the work of several modern Greek poets, including George Seferis and Yannis Ritsos. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Academy of American Poets, the Poetry Society of America, and the National Endowment for the Arts, among other institutions. He is a Professor in the Writing Division of the School of the Arts at Columbia University. He continues to travel widely, and lives in New York City.
Publications and Prizes
(Dial Press, 2007), Somewhere in the Night: Film Noir & the American City
(Shoemaker & Hoard, 2006), Crossing the Equator: New and Selected Poems
(Harcourt, 2004), Franklin Flyer
(Dial Press, 2002), A Trip to the Stars
(Dial Press, 2000), Atomic Field: Two Poems
(Harcourt Brace, 2000), The Creation of the Night Sky
(Harcourt Brace, 1998), Veronica
(Dial Press, 1996), 5 Degrees & Other Poems
(Viking, 1995), In the Year of the Comet
Fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Amy Lowell Traveling Fellowship, the Melville Cane Award from the Poetry Society of America, the I.B. Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets
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Listing last updated: May 15, 2009